Lapis Lazuli is a true legend among other gems and definitely a favourite stone at Gems In Style. It has been known for over 6,500 years and certain ancient civilisations valued Lapis Lazuli gemstone even higher than gold. Regarded as ‘Stone of Royalty’ and ‘Stone of the Gods’, Lapis Lazuli was believed to bring power, wisdom and connect to higher realms. Ancient Egyptians, as well as later Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Chinese, highly valued Lapis Lazuli for its celestial deep blue colour, healing and spiritual properties. Not much has changed since then, today Lapis Lazuli is prized not less than in ancient or medieval times and world renowned jewellery houses widely use this gemstone surrounding it with gold and diamonds.
Geologically speaking, Lapis Lazuli is a rock composed of several minerals in different proportions: primarily Lazurite (bright royal blue), Calcite (white) and Pyrite (metallic yellow). The gemstone is generously revealing to us its magnificent ‘50 Shades of Blue’. However, the market value formula is simple – the deeper and more evenly distributed the colour, the higher priced the stone (meaning more blue Lazurite with moderate golden Pyrite inclusions and less or no white Calcite). Just like the starry night sky, the finest stones have vivid deep blue colour often enriched with subtle golden flecks.
What do we see today in the celestial blue of Lapis Lazuli, one of the most favourite stones of Egyptian pharaohs and Royal dynasties throughout the human history? The beauty of this gem is like a window to something bigger than our mind can comprehend. At the same time, Lapis Lazuli is regarded for its potential to amplify intellectual ability, sharpen the mind and improve memory. That makes jewellery with this gem a perfect fit for anyone who studies or involved into demanding business activities. Generally speaking, the direct and honest energy of Lapis Lazuli helps develop vision and achieve mental clarity that brings up the solution. It also strengthens your Throat centre (chakra) and facilitates self-expression, as a result, harmonises relationships and boosts confidence. And even more to it… Lapis Lazuli had always been considered as a powerful amulet that bounces any negativity and protects the wearer. What not to love about this gem?
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